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Pay-TV subscriber growth continues


The growth of pay television continues, as providers embrace multiscreen services to offer subscribers more viewing options, according to the July 2014 Multiscreen Index published by informitv. The report shows a 1.4 per cent increase in digital television subscriber numbers across 100 leading pay-television services around the world in the first quarter of 2014. They collectively gained

No ads on Russian cable TV?

Russia’s parliament has called for a complete ban on advertising on the country’s cable TV channels. The move is reportedly designed to favour Russia’s own publicly-funded channels. The Russian State, as well as state-backed Gazprom Media, operate the nation’s three main TV channels and these reach a claimed 58 per cent of the population. However, ratings measurement from TNS says […]

EC approves Vodafone/ONO deal


The European Commission has cleared the proposed €7.2 billion acquisition of Spanish quad-play operator ONO by the Vodafone Group under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, as the parties’ activities are largely complementary: ONO’s main activity is related to fixed telecoms, whereas Vodafone is mainly active in mobile telecoms. Vodafone and […]

US offer for Grupo Clarín TV

Argentine media giant Grupo Clarín is considering an offer to sell its TyC and an additional six cable TV channels to a US investor for $31.5 million, as part of its plans to adjust to new legislation that seeks to break up the company. The potential buyer is  New York-based 34 South Media, owned by businessman Alexander Silverman, who is […]

upc cablecom buys Geneva fibre network

upc cablecom has taken over the Télé-Pregny-Chambésy glass fibre optic cable network. Up until now, the municipality of Pregny-Chambésy together with three private shareholders has held a 75 per cent share in Télé-Pregny-Chambésy SA. Together, they decided to sell their share to upc cablecom. The cable network in Pregny-Chambésy is therefore now owned wholly by upc cablecom, as the company […]

1bn digital TV homes by year-end

There will be more than 1 billion digital TV households across 138 countries by end-2014, up by 130 million on 2013 and by 461 million from the 590 million recorded in 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV World Household Databook estimates that

AT&T: DirecTV deal boosts competition but won’t lower prices

Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO, and President of AT&T, has told the United States House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Laws that there are “significant” consumer benefits of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and that the transaction would enhance rather than reduce competition. He also claimed that a merger would “dramatically” improve the economic […]

SFR, Numericable tie-up confirmed

Vivendi, Altice and Numericable have confirmed that they have signed the definitive agreement regarding a combination between mobile telco SFR and cable MSO Numericable following what is described as “a very constructive dialogue” with the Employee Works Councils concerned. The Vivendi Supervisory Board unanimously selected the Altice-Numericable offer for SFR on April 5. They deemed that this offer will create […]

NCTA disputes STB power claims

US cable industry trade body the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has reacted to a report in the LA Times which suggested that cable TV boxes have become second-biggest energy users in many homes, describing them as hogs that feed in the sleep. In a blog post, the NCTA notes that in March 2014, it reported that the new […]

Survey: Most Americans oppose Comcast/TWC merger

Most consumers in the United States oppose the proposed merger of the country’s biggest cable TV and broadband Internet providers, according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The $45.2 billion deal, which would combine Comcast with Time Warner Cable, is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Cable TV companies rank among the least […]

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